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Gingrich Threatens to Skip Debates if Audiences Canít Participate [another NY Slimes lie]
NYT ^ | Tuesday January 24, 2012 | Gingrich Threatens to Skip Debates if Audiences Canít Participate

Posted on 01/24/2012 8:21:28 AM PST by Bigtigermike

Newt Gingrich insists his fans will not be silenced.

Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday morning threatened not participate in any future debates with audiences that have been instructed to be silent. That was the case on Monday, when Brian Williams of NBC News asked the audience of about 500 people who assembled for a debate in Tampa to hold their applause until the commercial breaks.

In an interview with the morning show “Fox and Friends,” Mr. Gingrich said NBC’s rules amounted to stifling free speech. In what has become a standard line of attack for his anti-establishment campaign, Mr. Gingrich blamed the media for trying to silence a dissenting point of view.

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1 posted on 01/24/2012 8:21:37 AM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

I thought it made for a more professional debate. No screaming or interrupting the speakers. I guess if Newt must bow out of the debates, then you must do what you must do. He will be missed. He is the only entertaining one in the group that much is for sure.


2 posted on 01/24/2012 8:23:34 AM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Using populism against the media.
Lovin’ it.


3 posted on 01/24/2012 8:24:04 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Bigtigermike

Brian Williams: OK then they can applaud when Gov Romney speaks

Do I need the /s ???


4 posted on 01/24/2012 8:25:28 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Bigtigermike

bad move to demand an audience.. he is always bragging on himself as a superior debater.. if he is such a great debater then he should be more than willing to debate anyone anywhere with or without an audience


5 posted on 01/24/2012 8:27:44 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: napscoordinator

With due respect, you could not be more wrong. It did not make for a more “professional” debate. It made for an awkward little food fight where the enemy - liberals in Obama’s administration and the media -were ignored.

The passion of the Republican base IS A LEGIT part of this election, and to “remove” that passion artificially actually made for a phony debate, not a real one.

Moreover, if Newt skips the debate, so will the viewers. He will not “be missed.” The debate will “be missed” because few would watch it. IT’s like TV ratings for a golf tournament without Tiger Woods. Zero.


6 posted on 01/24/2012 8:27:44 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Bigtigermike

Sorry, Newt is wrong on this one. This isn’t a town meeting, its a Presidential debate. Now we are going to have every primary and general election debate be a clap fest with the candidates packing the audience. Yuck.


7 posted on 01/24/2012 8:28:10 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: Bigtigermike

It was a boring debate. If the audience can’t participate, then why have an audience? Newt is right.


8 posted on 01/24/2012 8:28:18 AM PST by vortigern
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To: Tennessee Nana

I don’t think his saying this was such a good idea. It makes him sound petulant.


9 posted on 01/24/2012 8:29:23 AM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

agree NBC did this on purpose to take Newt out and so the crowd would not cheer when Newt called the idiotic bias liberal Williams out.

It has to be the most pathetic boring debate I have seen and boy there has been some awful debates.

All Williams wanted was for Romney to attack Newt and not let Newt go back after him and bring up the MSM messiah.

Pathetic questions, pathetic debate and the crowd should have just ignored Williams and that dozy local so called reporter


10 posted on 01/24/2012 8:31:06 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: dinoparty

I’ve got no interest in winners being chosen by applause meter.


11 posted on 01/24/2012 8:31:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Bigtigermike

If the audience must remain silent, why even have an audience? Hold a debate on the “The Five” set on Fox News, with one moderator and four candidates sitting around the table.


12 posted on 01/24/2012 8:31:37 AM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: Bigtigermike

Great. /s
This means Romney will challenge Newt to 7 3-hour debates with no audience.


13 posted on 01/24/2012 8:32:06 AM PST by ari-freedom (If SOPA passes, we will lose our Free Republic.)
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To: dinoparty

It’s a party primary debate. its supposed to be about activists and the base.

If we aren’t part of it, then you might as well not have one.


14 posted on 01/24/2012 8:32:32 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Bigtigermike

State-Run Media will just see to it the audience is filled with Occupy Wall Street and Move-on dot org people.


15 posted on 01/24/2012 8:32:36 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: dinoparty

It’s a party primary debate. its supposed to be about activists and the base.

If we aren’t part of it, then you might as well not have one.


16 posted on 01/24/2012 8:33:01 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Bigtigermike

Lead Newt, lead! It’s like being told not to cheer at a football game.


17 posted on 01/24/2012 8:33:42 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Lib-Lickers 2
bad move to demand an audience.. he is always bragging on himself as a superior debater.. if he is such a great debater then he should be more than willing to debate anyone anywhere with or without an audience

Normally, I think he would, but this isn't really about whether there is an audience or not. It's about whether there is an audience that will be heard cheering his smackdowns of the media for negativity and protecting Obama, or not.
18 posted on 01/24/2012 8:34:36 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: napscoordinator

More professional, perhaps, but dead boring.

I literally fell asleep, and I’m a political wonk.


19 posted on 01/24/2012 8:34:51 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: southernnorthcarolina
is that awful show called the five still on.? How on earth can anyone watch a guy who thinks he is funny, an establishment RINO like Perino, the angry bitter druggie, alcoholic perverted Beckel and Tantaros who is become more and more of an establishment. Only Bolling is worth watching but he is cancelled out by the other idiots on there including Kilmeade when I saw him once. I am actually surprised if that show is on if it is.
20 posted on 01/24/2012 8:35:05 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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